The OSPDH reveals the human rights violations committed by Algeria in Tindouf

Violence, corruption, favouritism, rape… The Sahara Observatory for Peace, Democracy and Human Rights (OSPDH) and the Non-Governmental Organization for the Promotion of Economic and Social Development (PDESI) revealed in a symposium organized in Geneva, the worrying observation of the various violations of human rights committed in Algeria without its intervention.

During the symposium organized within the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, by the OSPDH and the NGO PDESI, Bjorn Holten, Swedish political adviser and expert in African affairs, estimated that Algeria is avoiding of its human rights obligations and commitments and tends towards the resolution of many of its problems without relying on international standards. Holten points out in particular that she had reached 229 recommendations related to the promotion of human rights, of which only 113 were approved, which he describes as “worrying” indicators on the situation of human rights in this territory.

In another intervention, Aïcha Douaihy, head of the Observatory, mentioned Algeria’s constant refusal of a positive management and treatment of the visits carried out by the UN to the Tindouf camps, noting that the republic does not shows no signs of goodwill or respect when it comes to ratifying international mechanisms or major agreements in this regard. She also highlighted the arbitrary executions committed by the Algerian authorities resulting in a large number of victims, knowing that their protection is their responsibility, especially since huge funds are intended to support these refugees in order to enjoy their fundamental rights. However, this privilege is only reserved for the clan close to the leaders of the separatist front.

In a presentation of the report drawn up by the two organizations on the basis of the periodic review of Algeria, the human rights activist notably mentioned the six axes summarizing the violations observed as well as the recommendations, namely, the respect for international standards, freedom of expression, extrajudicial executions and impunity, the state of economic and social rights on the soil of Tindouf, the protection of children against exploitation and the conditions of asylum and rule of the law.

To conclude, Aïcha Douaihy deplores the fact that no progress has been made by Algeria to remedy the unjust situations that the refugees of Tindouf have been encountering for several years despite the recommendations accepted in 2017.

On the other hand, Hans Knott, a member of the Human Rights Without Borders Council in Brussels, tried to recall the massive violations of human rights committed under the eyes of Algeria and without intervention for the protection of this population, deprived of all its rights and living in abominable conditions far from a decent life. Knott also specified that the serious violations noticed on the territory intervene with the support and the silence of the Algerian authorities such as theft, violence, rape against women detained in the camps, aggressions…

The expert said he also did not understand why the law or the Algerian family code does not mention the problem of domestic violence in any way and that no protection is available for victims. of rape.

As a result, the recommendations of the two organizations concerning the periodic review of Algeria encourage the adoption of a legislative framework to implement the provisions of the International Convention on Refugees, to release detainees, to lift the state of emergency in the camps and to open the doors to visits from human rights associations in order to be able to help the population of Tindouf without sanctions or arbitrary arrests.

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